Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Snails, vodka and smart cookies in food awards

 

Media release                                                                                                                                                                                        18 July 2008

 

Snails, vodka and smart cookies finalists in food awards


New Zealand’s first commercially farmed snails, vodka jellies and a smart cookie that gets the Heart Foundation tick are among the 45 finalists in the 2008 Massey University Food Awards.

The biennial awards recognise the country’s most cutting-edge new food and drink products, championing innovation and excellence.

The innovative finalists include the first commercially produced NZ pickled snails and snails in spring water from the Hawke’s Bay, vodka jelly shooters, tart cherry juice that helps you sleep, a low-fat chocolate cream high in omega 3, a power bar developed by a Coast to Coast winner and a smart choc fudge cookie that receives the Heart Foundation tick.

“The finalists’ line up shows that small businesses are leading the way with product innovation,” says head judge Allyson Gofton. “There are a lot of small food businesses, many of them entrepreneurs, doing some truly creative things and it’s great to see such strong innovation.

“The most notable trend among this year’s finalists is that food products are crossing over to the functional food and nutrition arena, some are even medicinal, and this is something that will grow enormously in future,” she says.

“The finalists also suggest there is a growing drive to meet specialist
People living with celiac disease will be happy with offerings that include gluten-free pikelet, waffle, bread, baking and pastry mixes.

“It is great to see that a number of products targeted directly at school tuck shops, providing healthy snack options that are good for kids and still taste delicious,” Gofton says.

Tuck-shop-focused finalists include the smart cookie, based on the Cookie Time favourite, which is the first sweet biscuit in NZ to achieve the Heart Foundation tick, and Sooshi, a sushi snack pack designed to make the healthy lunch option available to school canteens.

Innovation in packaging is also a focus as food companies take a more holistic approach to their products and their impact on the environment.

The finalists will be scrutinised by a panel of food industry experts to find the winners in 20 categories from which one supreme winner will be selected. The Awards will culminate in a gala dinner in October 2008 when the winners will be announced.

For a full list of finalists visit http://foodawards.massey.ac.nz


ENDS


 

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Kakī: World’s Rarest Wading Bird Released In Mackenzie Basin

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the birds will add to the 60 released into the Tasman valley earlier this month, significantly boosting the wild population. More>>

ALSO:

IHC Tribute: Colin Meads

"While Colin is best known for rugby, to us he is one of a small number of distinguished IHC New Zealand Life Members recognised for their significant support for people with intellectual disabilities," says IHC Chief Executive Ralph Jones. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures ... More>>

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>

ALSO:

NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland